Book Affair, Book Review

Eye of the Storm Book Review

Eye of the Storm Book Cover Eye of the Storm
Frank Cavallo
Fantasy
Dark Serpent/Ravenswood Publishing
August 10, 2016
Paperback
402
Book Publicity Services

On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.

Rating for Eye of The Storm: Two Open Books

Thoughts:

I was intrigued when a publicist contacted me to do a review for Eye of the Storm. I enjoy fantasy novels, especially when it’s set in the medieval period. I even enjoyed Moonlight and The Subtle Beauty. I even liked A Game of Thrones. So I agreed to a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through Book Publicity Services in exchange for my honest review. My review is unbiased and entirely from my own opinion. 

Review:

After reading the first few pages of the book, I was hooked. Who wouldn’t be when a seemingly introverted but brilliant doctor was asked to head a team of researchers to study and explore a mysterious island that had reported sightings of Neanderthals. She’s partnered with a former Navy SEAL turned paranormal adventurer to capture their expedition on film. So, we have an introverted anthropologist and a famous TV host with an attitude, and we have an interesting love story in the making.

Or so I thought.

Believe me. I thought they were going to end up together but there was a twist I didn’t see coming. Bummer.

The Good Stuff

Moving on, I thought that story started with the right foot. The author divided the entire story into parts just so the reader won’t find it confusing. I think that’s a nice way to tell the story since Eye of the Storm has different settings. The main characters have their own stories to tell, so the chapters are written in different points of view. Even the antagonist has his own story to tell, which is nice because you get to hear his side of the story.

Technical wise, I think that the book is well-written. There are some words, though, that I don’t understand. It’s either the author just made them all up or they’re words that weren’t on my list of vocabulary. Unfortunately, I don’t have a dictionary that I can look up the words to, so I just went on with my reading and just relied on context to visualize what I just read.

What I liked about Eye of the Storm are the twists in the story. There were some parts that I did not see coming. Although the story began in modern times, it transported to a completely different world. I’m not talking about the medieval times but perhaps from a time before the greatest civilizations developed. The story is set predominantly in prehistoric times mixed with science fiction. I bet Sci-Fi geeks would have fun reading this. On my end, it was fun to read for a while, but then my interest levels went on a downward slope as my reading progressed.

The Bad Stuff

While Eye of the Storm has an interesting plot, I find that the some of the major characters lacked development. In fact, I like the antagonist’s character more than the protagonist, which doesn’t happen very often, because he’s got more depth and more sense than the queen. Also, I like Kerr, the queen’s right hand, but the story didn’t have enough ground to cover Kerr’s story. It would be nice to learn more about what he was before he became a slave.

I think that the story had a great start but as I got to the middle part, it was just so hard to finish. There was too much stuff all over the place that sometimes I got confused as to who’s who or what’s happening. The pace was okay at first but then it started to drag and become long and monotonous. Finishing the book was a hard pill to swallow on my end. It’s not really bad. I’ve read worse books before. It just became boring, for me.

Final Thoughts

I think Eye of the Storm is a hit or miss. A hit if you’re a huge fan of sci-fi pulp fiction or dark fantasy novels. A miss if hate slow-paced action. While the story had a great start, the ending wasn’t something I was fond of. Also, I like the bad guys more than the main characters. The queen just didn’t endear to me that well.

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About the Author

Frank Cavallo is the author of The Hand of Osiris and The Lucifer Messiah. His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including Every Day Fiction, Ray Gun Revival, and Lost Souls. He has also written for the Black Library’s Warhammer property, including several short stories in their monthly fiction magazine Hammer & Bolter, as well as a novella featured in the collection Gotrek & Felix: Lost Tales.